Wednesday, May 18, 2011


The first day of conference gave us the opportunity to learn more about e-Infrastructures employment and potential towards the understanding of climate change all around the world.

A long one-day trip, opened by the keynote speech of Kostas Glinos, Head of Unit Head of Unit GÉANT and e-Infrastructures’, European Commission, DG INFSO was done, starting from Asia, where the Taiwan situation was illustrated by Simon Lin of the Academia Sinica in Taipei, to India with Professor Dash presenting the Indian situation.

Latin America was included too, Brazil situation and the activities which the GISELA consortium is carrying out were highlighted by Diego Carvalho (Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica).

D. Qian, from Beihang University explained the China National Grid (CNGrid), and last but not least, Tiwonge Msulira Banda, UbuntuNet Alliance, gave an interesting speech about the Sub-Saharan African situation of grid infrastructures.

US and Europe were presented, too, thanks to the interesting contributions by prof. Balaji, Cooperative Institute for Climate Change, Princeton University, Steven Newhouse of EGI, and Sergio Bernardi for PRACE initiative.

After this world trip, the conference landed again in Trieste, in the romantic atmosphere of the San Giusto Castle, were all the participants met for the conference dinner in the castle Terrace enjoying a beautiful see sight of Trieste.

The Castle of San Giusto was built on the remains of previous castles and its construction took almost two centuries (1470 - 1630). Today the castle has many rooms open to the public. In the castle of San Giusto there is a civic museum with old weapons and it is also a place where exhibits and open air shows are held. Walking along the terraces of the castle you can see a lovely view of the city, the sea and the hills. The Parco della Rimembranza (Rememberance Park) was built to honor the memory of those who died in WWI.

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